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Huawei to invest $ 1.5 billion in developer program, outlines computing plan



A Huawei logo will be displayed at MWC Shanghai in June 2019.

Arjun Kharpal | CNBC

Huawei said Wednesday that it will invest $ 1.5 billion in its developer program over the next five years as it seeks to build a solid and open ecosystem as part of its computing strategy.

The Huawei Developer Program was first announced in 2015. Since then, the Chinese tech giant has said it has supported more than 1.3 million developers and 1

4,000 independent software vendors worldwide.

Speaking to an audience at Huawei Connect 2019, a flagship event for the company held in Shanghai, Deputy Chairman Ken Hu said Huawei wants to expand the program to a further five million developers. It also wants to help partners "develop the next generation of intelligent applications and solutions."

Huawei is eligible to reveal more details about updates to its developer program on Friday.

"The future of computing is a huge market worth more than two trillion US dollars," Hu said separately in a statement. "We will continue to invest."

Huawei said that the $ 1.5 billion investment announced Wednesday will be geared toward industry development as a whole, and will not focus solely on its own software and hardware.

It is part of the company's broader computing strategy announced by Hu, which includes investing in basic research around its products to support new technologies such as artificial intelligence. Huawei also said it will make the hardware and software more easily accessible to its customers and partners.

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Huawei has had a tough year when the United States placed the company on a blacklist in May – the so-called entity list. This essentially restricts many US companies from selling their products to Huawei without the permission of the US government.

Washington considers Huawei a security risk and believes that the devices can be used for Chinese espionage. Huawei has repeatedly denied these allegations.

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei told employees in August that the company was facing a "life or death crisis" and laid out a strategy for the Chinese telecommunications giant going forward. This includes plans to simplify the reporting structure for more efficiency and reduce surplus staff.

In August, the company launched its own operating system – HongmengOS, known in English as HarmonyOS – which can be used on various devices, from smartphones to smart speakers and sensors. For its part, Huawei said that if the company will not be able to use the Google-operated Android software for its devices in the future, it could "immediately switch to HarmonyOS."

Huawei is not the first company to try to build its own proprietary software for the smartphones it sells.

Others, including Samsung and Microsoft, have tried to create their own programs to compete with Android and Apple's iOS system. But they have struggled because they couldn't find enough developers to build apps on their platforms.

CNBC's Arjun Kharpal contributed to this report.

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